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Old 14th October 2016
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The kick

One of the main problems for me as a hobbyist is to get the kick-drum correctly tuned and punchy through a PA. To get the bass drum right and groovy is essential in dance music and I wonder what your approach to this is. Oftentimes I find myself fiddling with the bass spectrum of the groove to long, losing my inspiration to continue the actual songwriting on the way. Do you have a set of kick samples in the beginning you know will work, or perhaps drum machines that allows you to fine tune the groove as the tracks evolves?
Old 15th October 2016
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Hi thanks for the question.
Whether a kick drum adds to the groove or is punchy enough of course has to do with your source material (samples or drum machine) but what's equally important is the way you mix your track. That's where you can create or lose punch. I don't use a set of magic kick drums that work for every song (I don't think there is such a thing) but if you pay close attention to how you EQ the kicks and other elements of the track that have low frequencies, you can create "space" in the spectrum for the kick, which will make it punchier and not sound muddled or distorted. This is especially tricky when you have a track that has heavy kicks but also a prominent bassline cos those two behave in the same frequency range. When I'm in the mixing phase I also like to use a visual spectrum analyzer so I can hear as well as SEE what happens in the low end, which elements create 'mud' or resonance issues, things like that. This way I can use EQ'ing to isolate the kick drum and give it the space to breathe. Hope this makes sense!
Old 19th October 2016
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i guess that sums it up nicely. if you have tried everything with eq and still a kick sometimes does not give you that 'hit' a very basic simple trick is to bring all other sounds down in the mix a few db. might sound silly but most of the time it works. a little push in the low mid rather then low makes it stand out a but more and using an envelope can help too.
Old 20th October 2016
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i guess that sums it up nicely. if you have tried everything with eq and still a kick sometimes does not give you that 'hit' a very basic simple trick is to bring all other sounds down in the mix a few db. might sound silly but most of the time it works. a little push in the low mid rather then low makes it stand out a but more and using an envelope can help too.
Thats nice to hear.
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